REVIEW: Hunter Symphony Ceiling Fan with WiFi (Amazon Alexa & Apple HomeKit)

These days it seems like just about anything in your home can be turned into a smart device.  This month I’ve covered bulbs and sensors, and even smart blinds.  Wrapping up the year then is our favorite recent addition to our abode:  Hunter Symphony Ceiling Fans with built-in Apple HomeKit compatibility.  Check it out!

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⁠⁠AUTOMATED: Using an Elgato Eve Motion & LIFX Bulb with Apple HomeKit

One of the few rooms in our home that wasn’t automated was a walk-in closet off our family room.  We had a solution that had worked for some time, but it was time to kick it up a notch.   Read about how a smart motion sensor and smart bulb worked to solve our needs!

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REVIEW: Lutron Serena Smart Shades with Apple HomeKit

At our house we continue to find new ways to make our smart home even smarter. Heading into the New Year meant adding some new goodies to further our Apple HomeKit experience. This go-around we’ve added a Lutron Serena Smart Shade to our kitchen. Come check out the details!

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UPDATE: Wink Hub 2 upgrades my Smart Home, works with HomeKit (sort of!)

Wink, purveyor of smart home hardware, recently debuted their Wink Hub 2 device.  This blog entry digs deeper into the features and benefits of this new system.  I’ll also talk about how having a splintered system (in this case HomeKit, and Wink) can actually work just great, even with your Amazon Alexa voice assistant.  Let’s see how it all comes together!

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TESTED: Smart Home Automation – Comparing Apple HomeKit vs Samsung SmartThings Hub vs Wink Connected Home Hub vs INSTEON Hub Pro vs Amazon Echo vs Belkin WeMo

Shopping for smart home automation products can feel a bit like having lunch at a buffet.  You can be easily overwhelmed by too many options to pick from, feeling unsure about what will taste good together.  But unlike a fixed-price all-you-can-eat buffet, these smart home devices can get really expensive, really fast, so choosing the right ones is quite important.  In this article we’ve taken on the task of taste-testing all these delicious pieces of technology for you, to provide you a curated review of what works, and what doesn’t.  Check out the BEST HOME AUTOMATION PLATFORMS as we compare Apple HomeKit vs Samsung SmartThings, vs Wink Connected Home Hub vs Insteon Hub Pro vs Amazon Echo vs Belkin WeMo, and much, much more!

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